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Five Iowa State University undergraduates are spending the summer traveling across Iowa talking about water quality and conservation issues as part of the Water Resources Internship program. In addition to outreach activities, the interns will also assist with field research on water quality, cover crops and soil health.
Water Rocks!, a statewide water education program based at Iowa State University, recently updated its website at www.waterrocks.org. The update includes an interactive county map and optimization to ensure compatibility with mobile devices, tablets and popular web browsers.
Water Rocks! has released a series of new rap music videos created to engage audiences with music and messages about conservation topics ranging from soil health to understanding watersheds.
More than 36,000 students participated in Water Rocks! classroom presentations, outdoor classroom programs and school assemblies during 2017-18. Feedback and evaluation metrics show significant increases in student comprehension as well as more adoption of conservation topics in classroom discussion.
A new Water Rocks! presentation for upper-elementary and middle school classrooms, Power of Pollinators, is ready to make its debut.
Nearly 33,000 K-12 students in Iowa were singing, hopping, drawing and discovering as they learned about Iowa’s natural resources and ecosystems during high-energy Water Rocks! lessons delivered during the 2018-2019 academic school year.